Category: cycling

Sarah Gigante: ‘I went to sleep in my national championship jersey’ | Kieran Pender

The 18-year-old says she is in dreamland after upstaging Australian cycling’s big names

The roads of Mount Buninyong, home to Australia’s annual cycling national championships, have witnessed heroics before. Some of the country’s best cyclists past and present – Amanda Spratt, Simon Gerrans, Robbie McEwen – have been crowned champion after triumphing on these treacherous Ballarat hills.

But Buninyong has never before seen someone quite like Sarah Gigante. Just 18, the Victorian had already impressed by winning the road race, time trial and criterium trifecta at last year’s Under-19 national championships. Those feats, though, pale in comparison to her achievement of last Sunday. Riding against Australia’s best female riders, including world No 2 Spratt, Gigante attacked on the penultimate lap. Barely days into her first season out of the junior ranks, the recent high school graduate held off a determined chase to win both the elite and Under-23 categories – an Australian first.

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‘I’m over it’: Cyclist, 90, hits back after record stripped for failed drugs test

  • Carl Grove’s failed test was likely due to contaminated meat
  • American determined to continue cycling career

A 90-year-old cyclist who was stripped of his world record after a failed drugs test has questioned the wisdom of the US Anti-Doping Agency’s decision.

Usada admitted that Carl Grove’s failed test was probably due to his inadvertent consumption of contaminated meat but said that it still had to issue him with a public warning, the least serious punishment available.

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Luke Durbridge upsets Rohan Dennis to claim Australian title

  • Mitchelton-Scott rider wins time trial in Buninyong
  • Grace Brown wins women’s race on final day

Luke Durbridge has sprung a major surprise, beating world champion Rohan Dennis to win the time trial at the Australian road cycling championships.

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Cyclist, 90, stripped of world record after failing drugs test

  • Carl Grove accepts public warning from Usada
  • Violation likely caused by contaminated meat

A veteran American cyclist has accepted a public warning issued by the US Anti-Doping Agency after being stripped of a world record he set earlier this year for failing a drugs test.

Carl Grove set a new record when winning the 90-94 age group sprint title at the US Masters Track National Championships in July, only to test positive for epitrenbolone, a metabolite of trenbolon, which is a substance prohibited by Usada.

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Sarah Gigante stuns field with win at Australian national road championships

  • Youngster beats bigger name rivals to title near Ballarat
  • ‘This is more than a dream,’ says 18-year-old

A classy mix of raw talent and racing smarts beyond her years has landed teenaged cyclist Sarah Gigante a stunning Australian title after the 18-year-old shocked a strong field to take out the elite women’s road race on Sunday at Buninyong, near Ballarat.

Gigante finished 50 seconds ahead of world championships silver medallist Amanda Spratt in the 104km race to confirm her as the new star of Australian cycling and cap a tumultuous 12 months for the Victorian, on and off the bike.

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Wilco Dragt captures a rider descending Mont V…

Wilco Dragt captures a rider descending Mont Ventoux in France in an entry for the Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards.

Chris Auld captures a Team Sunweb rider lookin…

Chris Auld captures a Team Sunweb rider looking like a creature from the Black Lagoon at the Strade Bianche for Soigneur

Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas to lead Team Sky at Tour de France

• Both riders will skip Giro to put focus on the Tour de France
• Froome wants fifth Tour title and Thomas wants ‘best result’

Team Sky are set to go into what could be their final Tour de France with two leaders as four-times winner Chris Froome and defending champion Geraint Thomas both confirmed they will target the race in 2019.

Froome will not defend his Giro d’Italia title as he seeks a record-equalling fifth Tour crown, but will face a challenge from within as Thomas also plans to be in France having won the race for the first time in July.

Related: Sir Bradley Wiggins warns cycling will suffer if Team Sky breaks up

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‘I just count money, that’s all I do’: the sporting quotes of 2018

From Australia’s sandpaper storm to some impressive popularity contests, via José Mourinho and worm denial

5 January: “We have money for sardines and I’m thinking lobster. I will do my best to try and bring in the best players. I will look to the lobsters and sea bass, but if not we must buy sardines. But sometimes the sardines can win games” – Perhaps, Carlos Carvalhal, but they couldn’t keep Swansea in the Premier League.

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A break in play as the Referee asks that a jobby is shovelled off the pitch.

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The Heat Wave (waiting for climate change) in …

The Heat Wave (waiting for climate change) in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France by Australian artist Fintan Magee and found on Barbara Picci’s blog.